Memphis Grizzlies top The Times’ NBA rankings

Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol have led Memphis to a record of 11-2.
(Nikki Boertman / Tribune News Service)

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. MEMPHIS: Big-time win over Rockets in showdown of one-loss teams. (1)

2. SAN ANTONIO: Another quality win, this time at Cleveland. (4)

3. TORONTO: Best record in Eastern Conference at 10-2. (5)


4. GOLDEN STATE: Second in NBA in scoring (107.9), first in field-goal percentage at 49.9%. (6)

5. DALLAS: Mavericks have won six consecutive games. (7)

6. PORTLAND: Damian Lillard’s 33 three-pointers in first 10 games is the most over that stretch in team history. (9)

7. WASHINGTON: Guard Bradley Beal back after missing first nine games with wrist injury. (10)


8. HOUSTON: Rockets blasted by Grizzlies by 26 points in showdown; lost to Lakers sans Dwight Howard. (2)

9. CLIPPERS: Bad home loss to Chicago minus Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol; won first two games on seven-game trip. (13)

10. CHICAGO: Injuries force Rose (left hamstring), Pau Gasol (left calf) and Kirk Hinrich (chest) to sit. (3)

11. ATLANTA: Improved to 5-1 at home after suffering its first loss, to Lakers. (11)

12. PHOENIX: Kept 76ers winless with a 26-point beat-down. (16)

13. CLEVELAND: Lost three consecutive games to fall to 5-6. (8)

14. MIAMI: Lost three of the four games Dwyane Wade sat out with left hamstring injury. (12)

15. NEW ORLEANS: Anthony Davis has blocked at least two shots in nine of first 10 games. (14)


16. SACRAMENTO: After blowing 24-point lead at Dallas, 26-point lead at Memphis, Kings won two of three. (15)

17. MILWAUKEE: Biggest surprise team in the NBA. (20)

18. ORLANDO: Rallied from a 23-point second-half deficit to win at Charlotte. (21)

19. DENVER: Won three straight, four of five after losing six consecutive games. (28)

20. UTAH: Gordon Hayward led team in scoring (18.2), but averaged 12.3 points on 36.4% shooting in last three games. (19)

21. INDIANA: Won four of five games, showing improvement. (25)

22. BROOKLYN: Nets broke a five-game losing streak with win at Oklahoma City. (17)

23. CHARLOTTE: Have lost four consecutive games. (18)


24. DETROIT: Pistons have lost seven of last eight games. (22)

25. BOSTON: Rajon Rondo leads NBA in assists, averaging 11.0 per game. (23)

26. LAKERS: Won two of three on the road, but defense still leaks. (29)

27. MINNESOTA: Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven games. (27)

28. OKLAHOMA CITY: Reggie Jackson’s missed three-pointer against Nets sent Thunder to fifth straight loss. (24)

29. NEW YORK: Beat Denver, then lost next two games, making it nine out of 10 losses. (26)

30. PHILADELPHIA: Could the Kentucky Wildcats really beat the 76ers? Hmm! (30)

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